The Sweet Service Award goes to Exclusive Books Café in the V & A Waterfront, and its barista Gugu Gumede. I was deciding between two books by the same author, and sat at one of the Café tables to do so. Gugu appeared with a dry cappuccino, perfectly made, without taking my order, remembering from a previous visit how I love my cappuccino. I only visit the Café infrequently, and have rarely had good service there in the past, making Gugu’s proactive service even more remarkable! I bought both books in the end! (more…)

Yesterday Haskell Vineyards took us through a tasting of its latest vintages of its Single Vineyard Series, and introduced us to its newest addition to the Series, being the Haskell Hades Syrah 2014. The tasting was held over lunch at La Mouette. (more…)

Every week OpenWine introduces the top wines of one of its wine brands, at a tutored tasting on Tuesdays. It is a fantastic way to learn more about a wine estate in an hour. Last night Georgie Prout, Marketing and PR Manager of Glen Carlou, introduced four wines with her Regional Sales Manager colleague Elize Barnard.  (more…)

It was a surprise to receive an invitation for a restaurant opening late last year. Classic Car Bar is a clever car-themed The Engine Room restaurant and cocktail bar for which Executive Chef Reuben Riffel has designed the menu. (more…)

Yesterday I attended the HQ Brunch Sunday Social, the first time that the restaurant in Heritage Square opened on a Sunday.  Brunches are a new trend, La Parada Constantia Nek also launching its new Toast Brunch yesterday. (more…)

Yesterday I went to try out Tea in the Park in the Green Point Urban Park, which I had read about. It was a visit after a long absence to the Park, so beautifully located in what was once a derelict Green Point Common.   (more…)

La Parada is my favorite Constantia venue, spending every Sunday afternoon there, enjoying the music of DJ René Tanguy, and dancing. From tomorrow onwards, Toast Brunch will be served at Constantia Nek on the first Sunday of the month, from 10h00 – 14h00, at R 350 per head. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Trenery in the V&A Waterfront, and its assistant Mariska de Klerk, who assisted me in finding shirts which were on sale in the right size, and for keeping them for me overnight even though the sale ones were not supposed to be kept for customers. I had explained to Mariska that due to my handbag and its content having been stolen, I would only receive a replacement credit card the following day. I have enjoyed subsequent good service from Mariska. 


After a record year of restaurant openings, the pace of new restaurants opening in Cape Town and in the Winelands has slowed down, with no new restaurant openings in January, to our knowledge. 

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome information.

Restaurant Openings

#  Marigold has opened in Franschhoek, part of the Leeu Collection (photograph). (more…)

Every Tuesday evening OpenWine on Wale Street offers a wine tasting for roughly fifteen wine lovers, led by a representative of one of the wine estates stocked at the central wine tasting centre in Cape Town. Last night it was Oneiric from Elgin, the tasting led by its new representative Khail van Niekerk.  (more…)

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